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Gateshead Talmudical College


Basic Information

Location 54°57′11″N 1°36′38″W
Country England
City Gateshead

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 54.95297,-1.61037


Gateshead Talmudical College (Hebrew: ישיבת בית יוסף גייטסהעד‎), popularly known as Gateshead Yeshiva, is located in the town of Gateshead in England. It is the largest yeshiva in Europe and considered to be one of the most prestigious advanced yeshivas in the Orthodox world.[citation needed] The student body currently (as of 2012) numbers approx. 300. Although students are mainly British, there are European, American, Canadians as well as some from South America and Australia.

The yeshiva was founded in Gateshead in 1929 by Reb Dovid Dryan, with the Chofetz Chaim serving as an active patron and appointing the original heads of the yeshiva. The first rosh yeshiva and menahel (principal) were respectively Rabbi Nachman Landinski and Rabbi Eliezer Kahan, both alumni of the famed Novardok yeshiva. At its conception, Gateshead Yeshiva was seen as a branch of Novardok, officially sharing its doctrines, ideals and methodology and named "Yeshivas Beis Yosef" in common with other branches of Novardok.

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